Defending national champion Maryland was voted the unanimous No. 1 team in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Division I preseason poll. Loyola Maryland and Johns Hopkins were ranked Nos. 9 and 16, respectively, while Towson received votes. … Ohio State senior Katie Chase (Glenelg) was named Big Ten Conference Attacker of the Week. … Salisbury was the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the IWLCA Division III preseason poll. Washington College was voted No. 17, while Stevenson tied for No. 18.

Men's college lacrosse: Stevenson was selected as the preseason favorite in the Commonwealth Conference. The Mustangs have won the past two Commonwealth Conference titles.

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Women's college basketball: Maryland sophomore Lexie Brown was one of three players on the Big Ten's Player of the Week Honor Roll. The guard helped the Terps remain undefeated in league play by averaging 20 points and 7.5 assists in two wins. … Hannah Fenske became the fourth Navy freshman to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors this season. In two games, the guard averaged 10 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Midshipmen. … UMES erased a 16-point deficit to force overtime, but host Howard escaped with the victory, 92-90. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 7-12 overall and 4-5 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Bison improved to 3-18, 3-5. TeAmber Burke came off the bench and scored a game-high 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field for UMES. Shauntesha Bryant recorded her first career doubledouble, recording 14 points and 12 boards in a losing effort. … Salisbury senior Sarah Seipp was honored as Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Men's college basketball: Towson freshman Mike Morsell was selected as Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. Morsell averaged 14.5 points, five rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks in victories over the College of Charleston and Hofstra. … James Carlton scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead host Howard past UMES, 83-74. James Daniel hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, and James Miller added 19 for Howard (12-10, 6-2 MEAC). Devon Walker scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, for UMES (13-11, 6-3). Mike Myers had 14, Dominique Elliott 12 and Ishaq Pitt 11 as the Hawks had their three-game winning streak ended. After entering halftime tied at 33, Howard started the second half on a 10-3 run. … St. Mary's College senior Nicholas LaGuerre (Lansdowne) was named CAC Player of the Week, his second such honor this season.

Men's college track and field: Navy's Steve Schroeder (track), senior Tom Buffone (field) and John Campbell (rookie) earned weekly Patriot League honors.

Women's college swimming and diving: Loyola Maryland freshman Margaret Garrahan received Patriot League Female Diver of the Week honors.

College gymnastics: Maryland freshman Abbie Epperson was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week, marking the Terps' first-ever weekly award in the league.

NHL: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named the league's "First Star" for the month of January. Ovechkin led all players with 12 goals, six power-play goals and 59 shots on goal last month.

From Sun staff and news services

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